Before you embark on the journey of an online capital raise, it’s important to understand that you will need legal assistance to ensure you are compliant with your raise. An experienced law firm that specializes in compliance services for online capital raises will be an essential resource for you. They will help you get your offering filed with the SEC and ensure you are able to meet all of the SEC’s obligations.
Also important to note, you’ll want to have this legal resource available to weigh in on matters throughout the raise to help ensure that you are not making any misleading statements; especially for Regulation A and Regulation CF offerings. You need to be fully compliant at the beginning of your raise, but you also need to stay compliant throughout the raise. And there are lots of small intricacies in the regulation crowdfunding laws that often only a legal expert can help advise you on.
Even for Regulation D offerings, for example, where you’re targeting only accredited investors, an experienced legal resource is highly recommended. They can ensure you are legally able to make the type of offering you are planning to make and also can help fulfill various other legal obligations for Issuers (i.e. ensuring that no “bad actors” are involved)